5 Benefits of Cotton Household Articles and Clothes

embroidered hand towels

Whether you’re considering buying cotton embroidered hand towels, boudoir pillow cases, or Victorian pajamas, if you decide to purchase custom items made of cotton, you will not be disappointed. Here are some of the many benefits of cotton clothing and linens.

You won’t have to wash it as much as other material
Not having to wash cotton material as much as other linens speaks for itself — what a plus! Since cotton is so breathable and doesn’t retain dirt and debris like oil-based fabrics, you can save plenty of trips to the wash. You’ll also save money and water by not doing all that extra laundry, too.

Cotton is great for moisture control
Because cotton is so transmittable, moisture is able to be lifted from the body and absorbed into the fabric. Cotton towels are great for drying off because it can take up to one-fifth of is weight in water before feeling even wet at all.

Cotton is extremely durable and strong
A tough material, cotton doesn’t have to be only used for nighttime wear or drying off. Cotton can get really dirty and still work great for an extended period of time. Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it much less likely to rip or tear if anything is harming or stretching it. It’s also 30% stronger when wet.

Cotton household articles will make your home look great
Having custom cotton embroidered hand towels in your bathroom and kitchen will help accentuate your home and give it a high quality look. Roughly 20% of Americans actually feel happy with their home decor, and cotton items can certainly help. Don’t forget about stocking your home with other cotton products so people can actually see and enjoy when they stop by.

Cotton almost never smells bad
You can be wrapped in cotton material when you’re sitting at a campfire, cooking a smelly dinner, and even when you’re working out, and you still won’t smell afterwards. Cotton releases all those unwanted odors and and will feel and smell completely fresh after you wash the material.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of this great material or find any cotton embroidered hand towels or white cotton pajamas, contact Jarcanda Living today.

How To Add Charm To Your Home With Embroidered Accents

embroidered cocktail napkins

Your home’s interior is a reflection of your family’s unique character. While home decor styles have evolved, traditional elegance has withstood the test of time. In fact, about 44% of Americans prefer their homes to look tradition. This is followed by modern (22%), eclectic (13%), country (10%), and global (2%). If you are looking to add some more traditional flare into your home, adding embroidery accents can provide a tasteful choice.

Why Embroidery?
Few popular decor styles are as traditional and charming as embroidery. This timeless craft has adorned clothing and home items for centuries. By purchasing embroidered cocktail napkins, tablecloths, pillow cases, and other items from embroidery artists, you are supporting this crafting tradition. What’s more, you are supporting small businesses that strive to spread the beauty of embroidery to all of their customers.

Ways To Incorporate Embroidery Into Your Home Decor
Including embroidered accents into your home does not require an overhaul of your decor. There are plenty of subtle, creative ways to make your harm just a bit more charming.

    • Embroidered Cocktail Napkins: Entertaining can be even more lovely. Whether you use them at every meal or just pull them out during special occasions, your loved ones and guests are sure to adore the sweet details on these cocktail napkins. You might consider adding some embroidered hand towels to match.

 

    • Boudoir Pillow Cases : You’re sure to sleep soundly when you rest your head on embroidered boudoir pillow covers. You may choose to monogram these for you and your partner, or you may prefer a simple floral design.

 

    • Delicate Wall Decor: Embroidered wall decor has come far from the sewing samples of your grandmother’s childhood. Whether displaying a welcoming message or a delicate design, embroidered wall hangings can add some extra decor into any room.

 

  • Dining Room Tablecloths: No matter the season, embroidered tablecloths are a great way to tie the room together. They can accent the room while not distracting from the delicious food.

Depending on your specific taste and decor scheme, there are seemingly endless ways to use embroidery to complete any room. Your guests and loved ones will feel charmed and welcomed by this subtle traditional feel. And once you add a few embroidered pieces, you might just be inspired to purchase more.

Fall-Inspired Decor to Add to Your Home

There is so much to love about the fall season, and now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner, there is even more reason to come up with ways to welcome fall into your home. For the most part, pumpkins are a sure way to excite you and your guests about the upcoming spooky holiday of Halloween. Who doesn’t love Halloween? Many kids and adults spend weeks, even months, deciding on their costumes and perfect haunted house party. For the adults, there are ways to take advantage of this fun holiday by inviting guests over for a dinner party, and incorporating your seasonal accessories, accents, and decor into your home. Read through our list of easy ways to give your home the fall makeover it deserves.

The How-to-Guide to spruce up your home with lovely fall-inspired decor:

Pumpkin Display

Everyone loves seeing pumpkins in fall
The key to a fall makeover is in the presentation

A little jar with mini pumpkins is adorable and festive. Who doesn’t love a little color of orange and green in their living room when fall hits? Now that the leaves are starting to change color, it’s important to keep your home up to date with the changing season. Adding mini pumpkins will keep your energy up and serve as a reminder of things to look forward to, i.e. Halloween and Thanksgiving! It will also give your guests a warm welcoming as they step into your home and see these festive touches. Everyone notices small things like this!

Fresh Smelling Plants 

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A beautiful bedroom window with a blooming plant and candle creates happiness in the most unexpected ways.

Spring may be special in all its color and glory, but fall is just as wonderful for growing plants at home. Buy a basil plant and keep it in your window sill where the sun shines, and remember to feed it daily. Soon, you will find it flourishing to be taller and stronger than you could imagine. Plus, the great thing about Basil plants is they smell wonderful, and you can always cut a little off to add to your pastas or salads. Decorate your window sill with plants, great reads, picture frames, and some of our high-end embroidered tissue box covers and curtains seen in the above photo.

Candle decorations, Cafe hygge and Fall apartment decor

Neutral or Beige Colored Bed Sheets

Bring out the high-end bed sheets with little touches of beige to highlight the fall theme

Our Jacaranda Living embroidered bed sheets with a Scroll embroidery are wonderful for a master or guest room, especially in the fall season. Put aside your brightly colored bed linens you had from spring and bring out some fresh beige and neutrals. It’s the perfect touch that will complement your new pumpkins, flourishing plant, and candle decorations you’ve placed around your home. Match your curtains to the scroll embroidered guest towels – either in your shower or around the main windows of your bedroom.

Cushions on the Sofa

Add some whimsy cushions to your sofa

Who says animals can’t live on couches? Our Whimsical wildlife designs in amusing settings are just what any home needs during the colder months. These pillows of animals lounging comfortably will certainly put smiles on your and your company’s faces. Choose from our selection of designs that best complement the colors in your living room.

Layer the cushions on your sofa or chair for an elegant look that requires minimal effort

 

Table Setting

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Little touches of greenery and glistening gold acorns are easy ways to bring out the season’s colors

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Dine in high style with these beige fleur-de-lis embroidered cocktail and dinner napkins

Our Jacaranda Living leaf embroidered table and cocktail napkins are a wonderful way to make your dinner party that much more festive. Don’t be afraid to host that next dinner party when you have these table setting arrangements down. Order our matching cocktail and dinner napkins today.

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And one more thing, don’t forget to go apple picking! Apples are another great way to display your love for fall.

The little things count. Other additions and design trends for your home can be found on our Fall Season Pinterest board. Check it out!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Living team

Jacaranda Living Takes on NYC: NY Now’s Trade Show at the Javits Center

This week we had a successful trade show at the Javit's Center in NYC! There were a lot of new and old faces who came into our booth, and we are so pleased with the feedback we received about our newer styles. Thank you to everyone who came out to support and shop our collections. Here is a little recap of what we showcased at the show and to give you a peep of our newer styles that you might have missed!

Embroidered Guest Towels

Our embroidered guest towels have always been a customer favorite since we started. Boutiques in both resort areas and cities do really well with our wide assortment of designs on Waffle Weave, Terry Cloth and Linen. They make a perfect hostess gift and powder room pick-me-up! We recently added some new styles to the collection, which customers have been raving about. We really appreciate your opinions as well as your suggestions for inspiration! The new Sand Pipers were a big hit this time around. We showed them in blue and white, and will be doing them in shades of sand following quite a few requests at the show.

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We work closely with our team in South Africa who stitch the designs and make each item with meticulous attention to detail. If you have new ideas for a design you'd like to see, we'd love to hear them.

Children's Pillows

Our embroidered designs on children's pillows have been growing rapidly! We’re excited to showcase even more playful imagery of kids playing to bring smiles to your little one’s faces. Discover the ones we showed at the show below and let us know your favorite!

Children's Pillow Children's Pillows

 

Wildlife at Leisure Collection

As you know, we tie most of our designs to our African roots – the very reason we started Jacaranda Living! We recently wrote a blog post on our Whimsical Collection and what makes it so special. It just launched and has already been getting a lot of positive feedback. The cosmetic bags did really well, especially the ones of beautiful animals in the wild or whimsically resting on a couch.

African Cosmetic Bags

These cosmetic bags are unique and the ultimate must-have to hold your smaller items such as pens, lipsticks and toothbrushes. Pick your favorite design from our collection here.

Cosmetic Bag and Matching Slippers

To round out the last bit from the show, here's a shot of our favorite new Bucket of Lavender design, which adds a little French accent to the collection. Hold onto those summer memories of yours in our Bucket of Lavender! You can shop it on tissue box covers, slippers, cosmetic bags, and guest towels.

Embroidered Waffle Weave

Our Amazing Founder in the Booth

Cathy Deale Owner of Jacaranda Living

Thanks again to everyone for coming out. We hope to see all of you lovely people again at the next show. Reach out for any inquiries on the collections, we’d love to hear from you!

Xoxo,

Jacaranda Living team

Starting a Tooth Fairy Tradition with Pillows from Jacaranda Living

The Tooth Fairy Tradition is probably the only tradition that actually has TWO national days to recognize it. According to holidayinsights.com,  It’s celebrated on either February 28th, or August 22nd. If you’ve got a little one in the house who is getting to that age when teeth are starting to loosen and big girl or big boy teeth are coming in, why not start a Tooth Fairy tradition in your household?

Pretty embroidered tooth fairy pillow
Tooth Fairy Pillows fit every decor

Why a Tooth Fairy?

While it may seem old news to you, losing a tooth is a new experience. It seems like an every day thing to you, but whether a tooth falls out naturally, or gets yanked out by a string and a door knob, or it some other speedy arrangement it’s a big event that first time. Holding a tooth in your hand that was once in your mouth can be thrilling and scary. There’s blood, there’s a bit of pain, and everyone knows its happening. And if it’s a front tooth, it can be embarrassing for some children to suddenly find themselves struggling to speak clearly. They may even have friends laughing at them.

Introducing the Tooth Fairy! She rewards the child for their tooth, always knows the tooth has come out regardless of whether it’s lost or not, and adds excitement around part of growing up. Wouldn’t we all like a magic fairy to come along when growing older brings that first wrinkle or first grey hair?

Little girl waiting for tooth fairy
A Joyful Smile

How Much Does a Tooth Go For These Days?

In the US, children receive cash for their teeth. The treasured tooth is tucked under a pillow at night and in the morning the tooth is gone and money is left behind. To make it extra special, why not give your little one a special Tooth Fairy pillow from Jacaranda? It comes complete with a tooth pocket to tuck that newly lost tooth in so it doesn’t get lost during the night. It’s also easier to slip a surprise into the pocket before morning comes! And the pillow is a nice addition to any child’s bedroom decor!

You may be asking yourself though, how much do you pay per tooth? According to mentalfloss.com the average was $3.70 per tooth  back in 2013. Inflation does show a jump year over year, with cbsnews.com stating that some years the jump can be as much as 23%! Why? Well, kids talk, and it seems there is comparison on what is received. No one wants their kids to be the lowest paid. If you’re not sure what to give, and want a comparison, ask the parents in your area. But if it doesn’t matter to you, pay what you feel is right, or consider a totally different tradition. Perhaps a new book, or a new character inspired toothbrush and toothpaste. But if you’ve got multiple teeth falling, that can get just as expensive if not more.

Pillow featuring tooth fairy embroidery
A cute tooth fairy tribute!

Tooth Fairy Traditions Around the World

You can also draw on traditions from around the world. In many Hispanic countries children are visited by Ratoncito Perez, a little mouse who collects teeth from under a pillow or even left in a glass of water! He leaves behind gifts or money. In South Africa, teeth are left in the child’s slippers. And in Asian countries like India, China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, children throw lost teeth up onto the roof or under or onto the floor and make a wish.

Tooth Fairy Pillows
Cute Tooth Fairy Pillow Designs Perfect for Girls and Boys!

Tooth Fairy Traditions That Can Be Passed Down

Whatever you decide, it’s nice to have some traditions that can be passed down. Jacaranda Living offers pretty Tooth Fairy Pillows that are perfect to recognize that first lost tooth, and provide a place to snuggle the teeth that will certainly follow. You can give each child with their own pillow, or pass the pillow on from child to child. Consequently, once children grow up, they can pass on their own personal pillow to their own children. When those little ones are old enough, they’ll enjoy hearing stories of when their parents were young and going through the same experience. Having a tradition to hold on to and share with future generations is part of making a childhood to remember. Why not build the Tooth Fairy Tradition into your own child’s life?

Sources

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/toothfairyday.htm

http://mentalfloss.com/article/58503/7-tooth-fairy-traditions-around-world

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tooth-fairy-inflation-flies-high/

 

Handmade vs. Custom Made – Gifts for the Holidays to Show You Care

Not everyone is a gifted crafter. Not everyone can bake, or has the time to make embroidered gifts. Sure, we love to receive homemade fudge, or a beautiful knitted sweater or afghan, but these days most people have a tough time finding the time to wrap gifts, let alone make unique items for family and friends.

But if you’re a crafter, and there are definitely a lot of you out there, Jacaranda Living has some great embroidered gift items or blank items to be embroidered that will fit right in with your desire to give something special to those you love. Think it’s too late? Not really.

Embroidered or hand painted items can be beautiful as gifts. Time may be running out to give a completed item by Christmas or Hannukah, but you can order the item and provide your recipient with a picture of the finished product. Then let them know you’ll be working hard during the winter to create their gift.

Embroidered Gifts are Unique and Beautiful

Whether you’re embroidering a cosmetic bag for a friend, or a tissue box for a co-worker, or a pair of slippers for a favorite aunt, Jacaranda Living has a variety of blank pieces ready to embroider that will work perfectly.

large cotton cosmetic bag
large cosmetic bag ready for your embroidery or painting

Not sure where to find the unique patterns that will make your gift the one they treasure? Consider Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread blog. She’s got great ideas for a variety of designs and even shows you how to use coloring books for inspiration. With so many coloring books out there for adults, you may even be able to ask the person you’re making something for to share their favorite design and you can turn it into an embroidered piece!

Fabric Painting Can Create a Custom Gift to Treasure

If you like painting, why not try fabric painting to create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special? Look for videos on YouTube that show how to paint flowers, and other designs on bed sheets, scarves, and tablecloths. Jacaranda Living has quality cotton napkins, robes, and pillow cases that would work well for this type of project.

Cotton Dinner Napkins Ready for Embroidery
The Perfect Cotton Dinner Napkin

Just search for “one stroke painting” on YouTube to find a wide variety of projects from easy to complex.

Not All of Us are Artistic – Some Ideas for Embroidered Gifts

Not the type to sit and embroider or paint? Don’t worry, Jacaranda Living can still be your path to giving a unique, embroidered gift to treasure for years to come. From baby gifts to bed linens to ladies’ nightgowns and dresses for the little girls in your life, we’ve got a range of embroidered and monogrammed items made of high quality cotton

a full range of baby items
A beautiful set for baby with sweet embroidered details

and linen, enhanced with lace and fine details that show how much you care.

Consider a pretty set for the littlest member of your family, perhaps booties, a hat, a bib and a onesie all embroidered with little sheep.

 

Maybe a sweet cotton springtime dress for a young lady with a love of elephants.

little girls dress with pink elephants
Pretty white dress embroidered with pink elephants

Who doesn’t love a cool cotton boudoir pillow and you can have it embroidered with a wide selection of designs including this pretty Nantucket basket of flowers.

Embroidered pillows with multiple design options
Pretty Boudoir Pillow with flower-filled Nantucket Basket Embroidery

Or put together a picnic basket of goodies featuring these fun lobster embroidered cocktail napkins that would be a hit with anyone who likes to plan an outing with just a bit more flair than the usual.

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Lobster embroidered cocktail napkins, the perfect picnic accent

Embroidered linens and handmade gifts show you’ve thought about the person you’re giving to. Whether the gift is something you’ve created, or something you’ve had created just for them. If you’re shopping for gifts and want something personal, consider Jacaranda Living. We’ve got gifts that show people how much you care.

 

 

 

Sources

http://www.jacarandaliving.com/linen-for-monogrammers.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CpX9s-sRSI

http://www.needlenthread.com/

 

6 Reasons insomniacs should use cotton rich sheets

 

Insomniacs Should Sleep in Cotton

The most common suggestion given to insomniacs is to make their sleeping environment more appealing, relaxing and comfortable. This can be accomplished simply by providing your bed with luxurious cotton rich sheets. The benefits far outweigh the cost as you find yourself sinking into luxury as you remove yourself from the distractions of your day and into the comfort of your opulent bedding.

Six reasons to sleep between cotton rich sheets:

  1. Cotton fabrics have a wonderful matte luster, soft drape and are smooth to the touch making your bed more visually inviting.
  2. Cotton fabrics have excellent absorbing capabilities, keeping you more comfortable, releasing perspiration quickly, allowing the fabric to breathe.
  3. Cotton wears well, will not pill and stands up to abrasions.
  4. Cotton can be machine washed and dried.
  5. Cotton is a great conductor of heat, providing warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.
  6. Cotton is soft, hypoallergenic and does not irritate the skin.

Changing your bedding may positively impact your sleeping habits and your overall health.

Cotton is the Best Choice for Insomniacs

 

Everyone functions better after a restful night of sleep.

Make your bed as inviting as possible, sleep in luxury, comfort and style with Jacaranda cotton sheets and bedding.

Spring Break Sale!

Now through April 5th Jacaranda Living is holding a sale on all our items!  From custom embroidery, to monograms, baby gifts, white cotton nights, custom sheets, home decor, coastal living decor and more!

Use coupon code “SPRINGBREAK” at checkout to save!

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Make Your Home to Look Like Downton Abbey

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey?  Maybe you dream of being Lady Grantham.  Mahogany walls, crystal glassware, silver platters and the like.

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1-Incorporate a few nice china pieces.
You don’t need to display and use all your fine china set (think of all that washing by hand!)  But use a few pieces from your set for things, such as the sugar bowl, teapot or serving platters.<a href="http://blog prix viagra pharmacie.jacarandaliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/china.png”>Downton Abbey Dining Room - Downton Abbey China - Downton Abbey Dinner - Downton Place Setting - Gold and White China - pressed napkins - linen napkins - embroidered napkins - luxurious napkins

2-Make use of trays
Whether it’s a small silver valet tray, a wooden tray for serving or a large silver platter, using things like this will give that luxurious feel.

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Try using candles and dimmable lights.  If you’re not a fan of the open flames, try this battery operated candelabra for the same effect.candelabra - silver candelabra - downton abbey candelabra - downton abbey candles - downton abbey decor - downton abbey dining room - downton abbey table

5-Enjoy the Fire.
Light up that fire place of yours for the ultimate ambiance.  Enjoy your time there with a cup of tea or glass of scotch.

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6-Set a perfect table
Use this guide to help you with place settings.  Accent with charger plates or a nice table cloth and pressed white napkins.Downton Abbey Dining Room - Downton Abbey China - Downton Abbey Dinner - Downton Place Setting - Gold and White China - pressed napkins - linen napkins - embroidered napkins - luxurious napkins

7-Buy an antique or two
Buy an antique piece to put on display, like a sofa table, cast iron bell, or writing desk.

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8-Create a library
While you may not have a large room dedicated to books, consider putting in a bookshelf.  Don’t have many books or want that antique book look?  Use these “book fronts” that look like old time hardcovers.fake book fronts - downton abbey library - downton abbey books - downton abbey decor - decorate your house like downton

 9-Nice Flatware
No, you don’t need silver, but having a nice flatware set that matches and has a classic look will do the trick!  If you really want to have some silver, seek some out at a consignment shop.  Usually it just needs a good polish to get it looking new.flatware - silverware - downton abbey silverware - downton abbey style silverware - downton abbey flatware - classic flatware - classic silverware

10-Chaise or Chair?
Seek out a nice tufted chaise or leather tufted arm chair.  This can be a comfortable place to unwind or read like Lord and Lady Grantham.  This leather chaise is perfect for enjoying your fireplace. leather couch - leather chaise - downton abbey leather couch - downton abbey furniture - downton abbey couches - downton abbey living room - downton abbey library - downton abbey decor

New Product Launch!

Come see Jacaranda Living at two upcoming shows and check out some of our new products!  On January 8-12, we will be at America’s Mart in Atlanta and February 1-4, we will be at NY NOW.  

We are launching a new line of embroidered terry cloth towels available with all our embroidery designs!  During the shows, you can purchase these items as wholesale.

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